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On My Own at 107 by Sarah L. Delany
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Feb 10, 2008

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This book can't hold a candle to the wonderful "Having Our Say," but it is well-worth the hour or so it takes to read it. It is a letter/conversation from 107-year-old Sadie Delaney to her sister Bessie, who died just months earlier. The two had lived together for 104 years.

It's a very slim little book which the publisher fattened up with illustrations of Bessie's favorite flowers and several completely unnecessary (and annoying) chapter introductions by the Delaney sisters' co-author (the "as told to" part of the writing team). Despite that, this little book is tender and touching and it is impossible to be anything less than inspired by Sadie Delaney.
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